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Parent Evolves into a Self-Made CEO

Mary Parent, who climbed the corporate rungs at both New Line and Universal from assistant-director-VP-senior VP-president-chairman of various film divisions, is now alone at the top as chairwoman of MGM.
Parent has just set up one of her first solely organized films, a new version of “Robocop” with Pi helmer Darren Aronofsky on board to direct.
No word on who will be cast as the half-man, half-robot crimefighter.
Variety reports that MGM is keeping the logline under wraps. But insiders say it will take the sci-fi vigilante classic in more of a noir direction.
Which is right up Aronofsky’s alley with “Requiem for a Dream.” And Parent’s with her years of New Line Cinema experience.

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New Line Cuts 450 Jobs

23119374.jpgNew Line Cinema announced it will cut 450 jobs. And today is Tax Day. And the weather sucks. If you need us, we’ll be at Tom Bergin’s.

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36722755-14193226.jpgEliot Spitzer’s Call Girl Gone Wild: Ashley Alexander Dupre once appeared on a Girls Gone Wild video. Of course she did.

36906807-18204156.jpgBrand New New Line: Toby Emmerich has been named president and chief operating officer of a smaller, reorganized New Line Cinema. This follows the recent resignations of founder Bob Shaye and co-Chairman Michael Lynne.

yep_its_the_ojpg_2.jpgOrange Curtain No More: Orange County officially changed its municipal designation to the OC, as in The O.C., that TV show that crashed and burned into oblivion after an initial streak of success. Congratulations, guys.

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35309045.jpgThe Medium Is The Message: Spin Magazine sees its subscription rates rise after giving away its product for free on MySpace. We have no idea how or why, but we really, really hope the nitwits who run newspapers don’t get any ideas.

35307417.jpgLess Is More: And in related news, ad agency Secret Weapon attributes its success to having only three clients at any given time. Right now the agency has two: Honda and Jack-In-The-Box. It’s a very hands-on operation. In fact, one of the agency honchos sounds suspiciously like the voice of Jack.

Breaking Up Is Easy To Do: Time Warner Inc. is splitting AOL in two. The behemoth is eliminating 100 jobs at HQ, hinted it might also spin off its cable unit and threatened to “cut costs” at New Line Cinema, too. (Sorry for the lack of art with this item. This story didn’t come with a picture of two white guys sitting next to an interesting sign.)

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32694568.jpgMore Sumner Madness: Getting sick of Hollywood’s least-lovable codger, David Geffen and Steven Spielberg will likely be splitting from Paramount Pictures, less than two years after selling DreamWorks SKG to the Viacom outfit.

32698392.jpgSAG Elections Results: Incumbent Alan Rosenberg narrowly won a second term as president of the Screen Actors Guild. 72-year-old actor Seymour Cassel won 44 percent of the vote, to Rosenberg’s 47 percent — with Cassel supporters saying the would serve the union better as it confronts contract negotiations with studios next year. Rosenberg countered that argument, by calling Cassel “a thug.” Seems it worked.

pjack.jpegAngry Hobbit One Step Closer To His Golden Ring: Lord of the Rings director/deity Peter Jackson had to be a happy halfling yesterday: New Line Cinema was hit with $125,000 in sanctions in its ongoing legal battle with the disgruntled director, who made the studio a mountain of cash — and will likely see a bit more of it coming his way.

Actors Sue New Line For Lord of the Rings Royalties

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Fifteen actors in New Zealand are suing New Line Cinema over $5 million in royalties due them from The Lord of the Rings merchandising. There’s gold in them thar’ lunchboxes.
(You should see this crap: air fresheners, navel rings, snowglobes, Elf ears.)

Two years ago, LOTR director Peter Jackson filed his own suit against New Line, alleging the studio committed financial fraud to cheat him out of as much as $100 million for all three movies. New Line countered by banning him from ever working for the studio again.

The litigants include Paul Norell (King of the Dead), Noel Appleby (Everard Proudfoot), Sarah McLeod (Rosie Cotton), Mark Ferguson (Gil-Galad), Nathaniel Lees (Ugluk) and Peter Tait (Shagrat.)